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Did Your Parents Make You Take Piano Lessons? If So, Have They Made You Happier?

I’ve been thinking a lot about my urge to sign up my children for lessons -- piano lessons, Tae Kwon Do, etc. I feel extremely lucky that I can choose to provide lessons for my daughters -- that I can afford to do it. Absolutely! But is it a good idea? I'd like to hear adults' reflections on their own experiences with lessons.

‘Self-control is an exhaustible resource’

Fast Company magazine recently conducted an interview on their website with Dan Heath, author of the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. In the video (which is also transcribed), Dan explains why changes in behavior are so difficult: Psychologists have discovered that self-control is an exhaustible resource.

Reader Mailbag: John Wooden

This past weekend, one of my heroes passed away. I’ll memorialize him with five of my favorite quotes from him. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you.

Is English cluttered? Simplified English supporters think so

Living in Washington, D.C., I have seen a decade-full of protests. They’re such regular occurrences here that I don’t really notice what people are protesting any longer. I’ll walk or drive-by the gathering crowd, oblivious to their message, and continue on my way.

Freelance Freedom #159

Delivering Happiness: Inside the Mind of Zappos’ Tony Hsieh

I first met Tony Hsieh a little over a year ago… Jenn Lim, Tony’s friend and “backup brain” was in NYC and had asked to film an interview with me for a project they were working on. About halfway through filming, Tony walked over and sat down next to Jenn, wearing a t-shirt with a zipper hoodie and jeans.

Rock and moss filled glass vases as table legs

Materials: Moss, rocks and square glass vases Description: We filled square glass vases with moss and rocks and used them as legs for TV stand, Besta Jagra. ~ Shona

PS HTPC

Materials: IKEA PS Cabinet (without wheels), PC parts and wires. Description: This is maybe more a proof of concept than a full blown, elegant hack. We have a Home Theatre PC, used for recording tv shows, watching movies, storing our music, photos and so on. After we became parents, I had to find a way to keep my son's curious little hands away from the delicate hardware.

Frugal Babe, Rich Life

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. “A rich life without a lot of money.” — That’s the tagline of a blog I’ve read almost as long as I’ve been reading Get Rich Slowly, and long before I had an emergency fund or paid off my consumer debt. Frugal Babe (FB) is the blog of a 31-year-old woman living in the suburbs of a fairly large city.

How Music Can Change Your Life

You all know the old adage – “Music Hath Charms to Soothe the Savage Beast” – in actuality, it has been forever misquoted – it’s really “…to soothe the savage breast” –but either way, there can be no denying music’s power to change moods, and particularly from a somber or angry one – to happier.

The Best of Business in May: 10 Posts from WorkAwesome & FreelanceSwitch

At the start of every month, we’ll be rounding up the best posts from the business network of blogs and directing you to them. Here’s the best of business in May, including articles from WorkAwesome and FreelanceSwitch. We look forward to adding the Netsetter to our round-ups after its upcoming relaunch! WorkAwesome Handling Interruptions Realistically by André Kibbe.

Finding Your Calling Part III: Why Pursue a Vocation?

This is Part III of a series about finding one’s vocation. See here for Part I and Part II. Why should a man pursue a vocation? Is it really a worthwhile endeavor? Shouldn’t a man be satisfied to work any job that supports his family and allows him to earn a living?

Review: The Other 8 Hours

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. A while back, I reviewed Robert Pagliarini’s The Six-Day Financial Makeover and concluded that there was some very good advice buried inside a lot of marketing gloss. The core of that advice was strong enough that I kept an eye out for future books by Mr.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Desktop timers help with productivityAlarm Clock 2 has an alarm feature (which I use to remind me to break for lunch), a timer (to help me stay focused on a task), and a stopwatch (to help me keep track of how I’m spending my time). Unitasker Wednesday: Rotato Potato PeelerIt doesn’t slice, it doesn’t dice, it doesn’t even julienne!

Preparing Your Information for Disaster, Part Two

About a year ago, I wrote an article entitled Preparing Your Information for Disaster, in which I discussed the challenges my mother (and I, in a peripheral way) had in organizing the accounts and papers of my maternal grandmother after she passed away. The article is really thorough and I consider it to be one of the most essential things I’ve ever written for The Simple Dollar.